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Business & Breakfast – June Event

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NNBW Presents Breakfast & Business Series

Cryptocurrency: The Promise and Peril of Bitcoin & Blockchain

Cryptocurrency is experiencing a meteoric rise and Nevada has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead the nation in fostering this nascent industry. We’ll explore how Nevada is poised to lead blockchain development, what the impacts are to business organizations and why the future possibilities are so incredible!

  • The Silver State passed SB398 in 2017, the “blockchain bill” – what does that mean for northern Nevada businesses?

  • Why are companies so interested in blockchain technology and how can it be implemented?

  • What are the Nevada advantages for blockchain technology and how will it become the blockchain haven for decades to come?

  • Pilot projects of public-private partnerships are paving the path forward – what do they look like and why are they transformational?

Join us for this dynamic panel discussion with experts from law, government and business!

Date: June 7, 2018
Time: 7am-9am
Location: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa


Ethan Clift

Principal, Clift & Co.

Ethan is the rare combination of big ideas and big action. With an innate ability to see the larger picture and connect seemingly unrelated dots, Ethan has advised dozens of small businesses from startup into growth. He believes strongly in community and is a powerhouse in his hometown of Reno, organizing meetups and events like Reno Maker Faire and Startup Weekend Reno. He is the founder and former CEO of Girlmade, an accelerator program for women to encourage a new, positive narrative that girls can run their own startups. Now with Clift & Co., Ethan is combining all of his natural talents as a super-connector, problem-solver, and community builder in the emerging technology government affairs space. Ethan graduated from Columbia University and is a member of Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison’s Northern Nevada Entrepreneurship Task Force (EFT).




Allison Clift-Jennings

CEO and Founder, Filament


Allison is the CEO and co-founder of Filament. Her vision for bringing economic capability to connected physical machines used in business and industrial environments is the cornerstone of Filament’s technology solutions. Allison’s technical leadership and entrepreneurial mindset supported the creation of Filament’s Blocklet Chip™, the first secure hardware solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) blockchain technology space. Prior to Filament, Allison’s expertise in hardware and software engineering led her to launch and manage technology startups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. Allison serves on the Computer Science and Engineering advisory board at the University of Nevada, Reno and she is a Techstars mentor.



Tyson Cross

Founder, Cross Law


Tyson Cross is a tax attorney in Reno, Nevada and has been assisting clients with cryptocurrency taxation and regulatory issues since 2013. As a Forbes contributor and trusted commentator for publications such as NPR, Bloomberg BNA, and TechCrunch, Tyson is one of the leading authorities on cryptocurrency taxation. His current clients include high-net worth “early adopters”, professional traders, and blockchain entrepreneurs. Tyson holds an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and is a graduate of the Boyd School of Law at UNLV.



Tyson K. Falk

Policy Analyst, McDonald Carano


Tyson Falk, a member of McDonald Carano’s Government Affairs Group, co-organized Nevada’s first conference on blockchain technology – aligning a world-class set of speakers and experts with Nevada policymakers and community leaders to discuss how Nevada can lead the country with its support for blockchain startups, and adoption of blockchain for government services.


Jake Warner

CEO and Founder, Petrichor Inc. and


Jake is the CEO and founder of Petrichor, Inc. and Before founding Petrichor, Jake worked as a Senior Developer at SingleHop, one of the industry’s first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers. While there, Jake led the development of LEAP3 – an award winning cloud control panel, and helped automate their data centers. Jake is a driven, enthusiastic entrepreneur who has always set ambitious goals and has a passion for developing global systems that can scale and repair themselves without human intervention. Recently, Jake has also joined Sophia Intelligence as an advisor and part-time CTO to help provide technical oversight and develop new innovative products and services within the crypto and blockchain space.



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